Miren Vizcaino, Ph.D
Main processes of ice sheet-climate-solid earth interaction, from Masson-Delmotte et al. (2013), in last IPCC report AR5.
Ice sheets are a key interactive component of the Earth System. At present, they are losing mass at an increasing pace, becoming a main contributor to sea level rise. In the past, they were a key player of climate change.
However, ice sheets are not yet standard components of the models used for future climate projections.
My work aims to advance the inclusion of ice sheets as a new and indispensable component of Earth System Models.
In addition, I collaborate with my colleagues of GRS on cryosphere observation and the investigation of coupled ice-sheet/climate/solid-Earth dynamics.
Modeling ice-sheet/climate interaction requires the coupling of global climate, surface processes (e.g., melt, albedo), and ice flow. This coupling is very challenging, due to model resolution constrains, lack of observations (e.g. basal conditions), lack of appropriate snow models over the ice sheets, and climate model biases, among others. These challenges are recent progress in the field are reviewed in this article.
I have coupled ice sheet models and Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models (AOGCMs) in several Earth System Models.
In 2013, I presented with my collaborators the first realistic simulation of ice sheet surface processes with a global climate model.
Please check http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-4443-2013
2001-2006 PhD in Earth Sciences, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and University of Hamburg, Germany
1995-2001 “Licenciada”, Physics major, Specialization in Atmospheric Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
2013 – Assistant Professor (tenure-track), GRS Department, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Fellowships and grants
2013 – 2018 Delft Technology Fellowship, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2011-2013 International Incoming Marie Curie Fellowship, FP7, EU. Project: “FutGreenlandice”
2009 – 2011 Small Grant for Exploratory Research, National Science Foundation, USA
2016/17 At Delft University of Technology:
Š CIE4602 Ice, snow and climate change: observations and modelling
Š CIE4510 Climate change: science and ethics
May 2011 - Lecturer of the First Summer School on ice sheets and glaciers from the Nordic Center of Excellence SVALI, May 2011. http://www.csc.fi/english/csc/courses/archive/svali_summerschool2011
International activities and memberships
Š Contributing author to the Chapter on Sea Level of the last IPCC report AR5.
Š Co-chair, Land Ice Working Group of the CESM
Š Member, American and European Geophysical Unions
Š Referee, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Geophysical Research Letters, Nature Communications, Journal of Geophysical Research, Climate of the Past, The Cryosphere, Annals of Glaciology and Journal of Glaciology.
The last IPCC report AR5 was published online in its final version in Jan 2014.
My work on the multi-century evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and its impact on the climate system appears as a key reference of the Chapter 13 on Sea Level, being cited in 22 places in the text (17 for first author publications).
I participated in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Polar and Land Ice Working Groups of the Community Earth System Model in Boulder, Colorado (USA), in Jan 2014. You can have a look at my presentation and/or read the summary.
Published in 2014 in GRL:
Fyke, J. G., M. Vizcaíno, W. Lipscomb, and S. Price (2014), Future climate warming increases Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance variability, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(2), 470-475, doi: 10.1002/2013gl058172.